Project will create a model for advising NSF’s largest scientific facilities
The National Science Foundation today named the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a collaborating institution on a $3 million pilot project to create a model and strategic plan for a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence (CI CoE). The goal of the effort is to establish a reservoir of expertise on best cyberinfrastructure practices for the nation’s largest research facilities.
NSF supports more than 20 large facilities devoted to advancing research in a range of scientific domains, from the far reaches of the universe to the intricacies of Earth’s ecosystems. These facilities, which include telescopes, research vessels and other large research assets funded under the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction portion of the NSF budget, can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, take a decade or more to build and typically operate for many years.
Designed to collect and analyze enormous amounts of data, these facilities are often at the leading edge of scientific and computing infrastructure. The new pilot project aims to create a central body for advising large facilities on cyberinfrastructure needs and tools.
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